Video footage of Osama Bin Laden’s son as an adult on his wedding day has emerged for the first time after the CIA released more than 470,000 documents taken from the Abbottabad compound in 2011.
Hamza bin Laden, believed to be Osama’s favourite son and his heir as head of al Qaeda, has only been seen before in childhood photographs which were used as propaganda by the terror group.
It is believed the group has not released images of him as an adult for his own safety.
The hour-long video shows Hamza as he prepares for his wedding and is believed to have been recorded around 10 years ago, when he was around 17 or 18 years old and living under house arrest in Iran.
The footage shows Hamza sitting on the floor with a group of men while another man is heard chanting passages from the Quran in the background.
He is heard verbally committing to his marriage “on the book of God and the example of the prophet. Peace be upon him”.
The identity of the bride is unclear and Hamza is believed to have been married more than once, though his marriage to the daughter of another senior al Qaeda leader, Abu Mohammed al-Masri, is well known.
It is unclear how the wedding tape came into the possession of Osama who is believed to have spent most of the 10 years between the 9/11 attacks and his death in 2011 living in his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
SOURCE: Caroline Mortimer